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Higonokami - Mini Black

18+ UK Friendly carry
£11.95
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This is very much a “love it or hate it” kind of knife. It’s a simple folder with a folded metal handle, non-locking blade and a simple extended tang to open it. The Higonokami style is a friction folder, with no lock, held open by the user’s hand acting on the tang.


This is a sparse, Nagao design – there’s nothing on this knife that’s surplus to requirements. The handle is a perfectly proportioned, single piece of folded steel, containing the blade, scalloped to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of brass washers, simply etched with radiant lines. The blade itself is from Japanese high carbon steel which is known for its excellent ability to take and hold an edge, together with its reputation for being extremely difficult to forge successfully.


The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a black-painted steel handle with a satin finish tanto-style blade.

SKU
HIGO03BL
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Colour:
Metallic
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
6.5000
Overall Length (cm)
15.8000
Blade Material:
High Carbon steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.2
Sheath:
No
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
9.1000
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Steel
Blade Type:
Plain
Blade Shape:
Tanto
Blade Finish:
Satin
Product Weight (g)
31
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Handle Detail:
Black coated steel
Newest:
2015-12-14 00:00:00
Designer:
Nagao Higonokami
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
11.9500
GTIN:
00871373245738

Description


This is very much a “love it or hate it” kind of knife. It’s a simple folder with a folded metal handle, non-locking blade and a simple extended tang to open it. The Higonokami style is a friction folder, with no lock, held open by the user’s hand acting on the tang.


This is a sparse, Nagao design – there’s nothing on this knife that’s surplus to requirements. The handle is a perfectly proportioned, single piece of folded steel, containing the blade, scalloped to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of brass washers, simply etched with radiant lines. The blade itself is from Japanese high carbon steel which is known for its excellent ability to take and hold an edge, together with its reputation for being extremely difficult to forge successfully.


The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a black-painted steel handle with a satin finish tanto-style blade.

Specification


SKU
HIGO03BL
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Colour:
Metallic
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
6.5000
Overall Length (cm)
15.8000
Blade Material:
High Carbon steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.2
Sheath:
No
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
9.1000
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Steel
Blade Type:
Plain
Blade Shape:
Tanto
Blade Finish:
Satin
Product Weight (g)
31
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Handle Detail:
Black coated steel
Newest:
2015-12-14 00:00:00
Designer:
Nagao Higonokami
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
11.9500
GTIN:
00871373245738

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Reviews


  • 5
    Great quality blade styling is spot on.

    Posted by Dave on 5th Apr 2021

    Great quality for a great price

  • 3
    It's alright

    Posted by Joe on 1st Dec 2020

    Fine for the price. You get a crude pocket knife in a pleasant Japanese style. Good enough for opening packages and things, which is why I bought it. Slim design, so it disappears nicely into your pocket. It surprises me to find that the Japanese would ever produce something so crude, or allow it to be produced in their country. A Seiko of knives it is NOT. When the blade sits in the handle, it touches one side of the inside of the handle. Plus the grind on either side of the blade is not equal. Little details like this reveal that it was made in an unbelievable hurry. Youtube videos reveal the crude grinders and vertical drills used to make these things. To be honest, they still use such tools to make a much better quality and class of product in Spain. However, I believe the blade on this knife to be of good steel. That, in itself, balances things out. Utilitarian, not in a 100% positive way. Definitely nothing special. But a handy little knife.

  • 5
    Higonomaki mini

    Posted by Chuck on 1st Dec 2020

    The previous reviewer was spot on! I squeezed the folded metal plate handle in a wood lined vice to make the sides parallel, peened the rivet a bit, and inserted a thin strip of leather in the bottom of the handle to stop the blade edge folding on to metal. After that, I've got a cool-looking useful knife with bags of character. The metals are high quality, the blade especially. Because of the uniqueness, and low price I would recommend and give five stars.

  • 4
    2 stars on arrival, 4 stars after some work!

    Posted by Andrew Morgan on 16th Nov 2020

    My knife arrived basically unfinished with the blade rattling around in the handle and the handle not formed properly so the two halves weren't parallel with a gap either side of the blade when closed. I used a G clamp to press the two halves of the handle together making them parallel, and a hammer and steel block to peen the rivet to stop the blade from wobbling. I also added a thin folded leather strip inserted in to the back of the handle to stop the blade touching metal-to-metal on the inside. I sharpened the blade too and now it's very sharp. I can tell that the metals used in this knife are high quality, and the blade is a useful size and shape although the handle takes a bit of getting used to. In summary, pretty unimpressive at first but a decent little knife after some TLC. If you're in the cheap end of the market and enjoy a bit of tinkering as I do then it's fine, but if you don't then you might be better off buying something like a Douk Douk if you like the simple folded steel design, or an Opinel or Antonini Old Bear which are chunkier but are locking and have a much more comfortable feel (The Old Bear by the way my favourite and most used knife).

  • 5
    Higonokami

    Posted by JR on 15th Oct 2020

    Blade opens smoothly, not too stiff or loose. Holds open well even without using thumb tang. Handle is not the most comfortable but not really an issue unless you intend using it for long periods. Blade is surprisingly good, came sharp and sharpens easily. Easy to open and close one handed. An interesting UK legal edc pocket knife. For the price it is good value.

  • 4
    Beauty in simplicity.

    Posted by Dominic on 16th Jun 2020

    First time review on this excellent website, and it had to be regarding this knife. Okay, the knife is crude and the blade is off centre, unlike some of you, mine is quite tight to open, so isn't easy to open with one hand but I'm going to fix this. With all of that said, I love it! Honestly it's a very charming knife, it really is beautiful in it's simplicity. I'm very confident it'll take a really nice edge and there's something charming about it. Of course, it isn't perfect but at the price point it's a great little knife in my opinion and I'll be ordering more knives like it in the future.

  • 2
    Not worth the money

    Posted by Sarah C on 10th Sep 2019

    Blade was way off centre, dirty and not sharp! It's a real shame as I was looking forward to owning this. Not happy :(

  • 4
    Getting what you pay for.

    Posted by Derek W. on 28th Jun 2019

    This was a Christmas gift, so has been in use for about 6 months. I love the look and simplicity of this little knife and can see why it might be just the kind of thing that Japanese peasants would carry. It's so basic that it's almost bomb-proof. In common with some other owners, my knife's blade contacted the bottom of the handle when closed and the sides of the handle were not parallel, hence the four stars. Both issues were easily resolved and once the blade was given a little love and attention it will shave arm hairs with ease. Not only is the Higonokami small, light and legal, it's unfussy and simply works the way it should. Having to pay a little attention to keeping it sharp and rust free is a small price to pay for a stylish blade which sells for so small a price.

  • 5
    Superb heritage knife

    Posted by Bob on 1st Jun 2019

    I love the simplicity of this knife. It's sharp when it arrives but a few minutes work has it sharp enough to shave with. Hand made, each one is individual (I have several so can confirm this), the thought that I can buy a hand forged Japanese blade for just over a tenner is amazing.

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